Operations Manager, Northern
I have had a long standing interest in the area of technology and disability sector. Coming to work at TalkLink has really been the perfect fit in bringing these areas and related skills together.
I have previously worked as an Occupational Therapist in both acute and community based health settings since 1998. Exposure to multiple workplace and multidisciplinary team environments has provided valuable experience across a range practice areas including, wheelchairs and seating, hand therapy, worksite ergonomics, and adaptive building design. I have assisted with individual, family and community based projects, and also provided training packages to support workers and other education facilities. Joining TalkLink in 2006 provided the opportunity to combine the various compatible skills and familiarity with funding processes to explore assistive technology options for people with disabilities.
I was appointed as Manager at TalkLink’s Auckland office in September 2007. This role has two components. The first of which remains client focused with assessment, application and training of communication and assistive technology. The second part of this role is with managing Talklink’s Auckland based service. Primary responsibilities involve developing and supporting staff to meet and excel with service standards in the area of communication assistive technology. I manage incoming referrals and allocation, manage budget allocations, and help develop service initiatives with projects and general processes in general day to day operations. Regular contact with the TalkLink General Manager provides continued support and alignment with the vision set by the Talklink Trust Board.
Technology will always continue to change and develop, making both old and new ideas to become reality. This will continue to broaden the access and freedom for those with disabilities; making it a continually rewarding area to be involved in.
I started working for TalkLink in 2011. I’m the other Tech/Admin Support person for TalkLink Auckland. I mostly deal with maintenance, preparation, and repairs of TalkLink’s and Client’s AAC devices. I also maintain/develop a small amount of TalkLink’s IT infrastructure.
I’ve been interested in computers and mobile tech since a young age and find myself learning a lot of valuable, and interesting, skills and knowledge working at TalkLink.
I joined the TalkLink team in early 2017 as a new graduate Occupational Therapist.
As a student I had the opportunity to gain experience in a range of settings including older adults, child and adolescent mental health, and wheelchairs and seating, however I have always enjoyed working with children. I gained interest in assistive technology after working as a teacher aid in a special school before I began studying occupational therapy through AUT. Having worked in a classroom of young adults with complex needs, I have always had a keen interest in the use of technology to access the curriculum and their wider world. I find the ever changing nature of technology exciting as it is constantly opening up new possibilities. I worked closely alongside a number of students using assistive technology and saw how it empowered them to increase their independence and participation. It was at this time I realised that I was also in a position to advocate for those who may have less opportunity to do so; something I am very passionate about.
Being part of the team at TalkLink allows me to continue to increase my knowledge around assistive technology and also my love of working with children.
Speech language Therapist
I joined the TalkLink team in March 2016. Prior to this I worked as a Speech Language Therapist for The Ministry of Education for 4 years supporting children with a range of moderate to complex communication needs within numerous education contexts. I have had experience working with adult clients in both hospital and community health settings during clinical placements. Before gaining my Masters in Speech Language Therapy practice from The University of Auckland in 2011, I completed a BSc(Hons) and travelled around the world for 3 years.
In all roles I have enjoyed working with clients and their teams to help identify appropriate learning and communication solutions. I have experience using both high and low tech alternative and augmentative communication systems and am passionate about empowering children and adults to access functional communication and participation in all areas of their daily lives.
Speech Language Therapist
I am from Hong Kong and have been living in New Zealand for a number of years. I completed a Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice from the University of Auckland in 2019. I also have a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences degree from the University of Otago. Through my experiences working alongside clients in the community, inpatient settings, mainstream and special schools, I developed an interest in AAC and language disorders.
I joined the TalkLink team as a speech language therapist in 2020. It is a privilege to be a part of a person’s communication journey. Each journey has unique battles and successes, and I enjoy exploring solutions to improve communication access along the way.
After obtaining my degree in Psychology, I worked for a multi-national company overseas. Prior to working at TalkLink Trust I worked in the Health sector for 13 years.
I now manage Referrals, queries and provide admin support to the Upper North Island team. It is fascinating and satisfying to see how Assistive Technology helps people communicate and the difference it makes to people, thus helping them have a better quality of life.
Clinical Leader, Occupational Therapist
I am an English trained Occupational Therapist who graduated in 2006 and moved to New Zealand in 2008. I have experience working within a range of hospital settings in England (including orthopaedics, acute neurological rehab and rheumatology / hand therapy), but have predominantly worked in a Community OT role in New Zealand completing assessment of functional ability and carrying out interventions including complex equipment provision, housing modifications and wheelchair and seating. Having carried out Postgraduate study in Accessibility & Inclusive Design I gained a strong interest in the use of technology and environmental design and their potential application in increasing independence, social inclusion and occupational performance. I believe that the ability of a person to communicate within and interact with their environment is central to minimising disability and social barriers.
I joined TalkLink in March 2014 in order to work in a setting that allows me to further expand and implement my learning in assistive technology, and provide a client centred service to meet client goals.
Speech Language Therapist (parental leave)
I graduated from Massey University in 2014 and completed my final placement as a student at TalkLink Trust. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here as a student and so it is great to be back in a professional role.
Before starting at TalkLink I was working in a special school for three years. Over this time I gained experience in working with students aged 5-21 with a variety of communication needs. I enjoyed working with a range of students including those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, facilitating them to express themselves and supporting their access to the curriculum.
I have always been passionate about giving people a voice and allowing them to actively participate in their lives and access their community. In 2016 I completed my post graduate certificate in speech language therapy with a focus on supporting the use of assistive technology in classrooms and natural settings. I thoroughly enjoyed my research and found that the more I looked into implementing augmentative and alternative communication, the more passionate I became about it.
I joined the TalkLink team in January, 2020. I completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) at AUT University in 2019. My university placements gave me the opportunity to work with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, adults with traumatic brain injuries and elderly people. Prior to joining this team, I was a teacher aide at Ormiston Senior College. I worked mainly with students with varying learning needs. During my time with these learners, I built a strong relationship with them which enabled me to assist them to achieve their goals. I also realised that quite a few of these learners were able to succeed by incorporating technology effectively in their learning. This experience, as well as my personal interest, has driven me to inquire into looking at ways to effectively integrate technology into learning. I look forward to utilising my skills and learning further from my team at TalkLink to provide the best outcome for my clients.
Clinical Leader, Speech Language Therapist (parental leave)
I joined TalkLink in November 2011. I have worked as a Speech and Language Therapist since 2008 working mostly with the school aged population. I studied at City University London and my first job was working with mainstream school children in North London. I moved to Auckland in February 2011 and spent my first 8 months working as a contractor for GSE Auckland City. In all my roles I have worked with AAC (low and high tech) and also provided training to internal and external groups.
My passion is working with profound and multiple learning disabilities and providing communication solutions for clients and their families. I am also passionate about raising awareness of speech, language and communication needs across both the child and adult populations. I am looking forward to facing new challenges and working in an area that is constantly changing.
Speech Language Therapist
I was born in Zimbabwe and moved to New Zealand in 2001. I graduated from Massey University in 2011 as a Speech-Language Therapist and started working at a special school and a mainstream school in Auckland. While working in special education I completed my Post Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Emergent Literacy for Students with Complex Communication Needs. Throughout that time I worked with several TalkLink therapists to assess, trial communication devices and provide training for students and their families who required alternative communication systems and strategies to support and enhance their communication. The more I worked in the area of augmentative and alternative communication the more passionate I became about it.
I started working at TalkLink’s Auckland office in October 2013. In 2017 I started my Masters in Speech Therapy, focusing on the experience of children and families who attend KiwiChat Camp. I am passionate about providing the right communication solution for clients and their families, whether it is giving advice on strategies or making recommendations about low or high tech communication systems.
Occupational Therapist (Parental leave)
I graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2008 from York, UK, and have worked across a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings since qualifying (predominantly working with families at home, mainstream and special schools, and clinic settings). I love travelling and have been able to volunteer in remote areas of China and Nepal.
I moved to New Zealand in 2014 to experience the beautiful scenery and warmer weather. In NZ I have been lucky enough to continue my work with children, however have also experienced working in social rehabilitation with adults and being involved with completing full assessments of functional ability and carrying out complex seating and equipment provision. I was also based in a special school setting for children aged between 5-21 years, where I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in the Maori and Pacific Island cultures and traditions.
I joined the TalkLink team in May 2016, in order to work in a setting that allowed me to further develop my interest and passion to work with children with a variety of conditions, focussing on support to access and participate in meaningful activities. I am excited to expand my experiences further, working with assistive technology, to promote client-centred therapy. I feel it is a rewarding experience to empower students to communicate, which will therefore impact on their overall motivation and wellbeing.
I was employed at TalkLink as a New Graduate in 2019 after completing my studies at Otago Polytechnic. I have gained valuable experience in a range of settings throughout my studies including, forensic mental health, older adults, paediatrics, and community physical health. I have always had a passion for technology and the ever changing and developing aspect of it. I first came across assistive technology when working at a special school with a few clients and seeing the changes it made in their communication abilities was amazing. I found the use of technology to facilitate communication to be very intriguing and it has held my interest ever since.
Working at TalkLink has allowed me to link my OT knowledge and skills with my interest and abilities in technology. Seeing the independence and occupational engagement that assistive technology is able to provide for people is astounding and being able to be a small part of that process and facilitate our clients to develop their communication skills is a very rewarding feeling.
Speech Language Therapist
I grew up in London and graduated from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff in 2007 after completing a BSc Honours degree in Speech-Language Therapy.
I moved to New Zealand in 2008 and worked in a hospital with adults with acquired communication and swallowing difficulties. In 2010 I moved to work with paediatric clients with a wide variety of communication difficulties in settings including mainstream and specialist schools, early childhood centres and homes. I have held a specialist role in the UK in a school for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder aged between five and 18.
I am passionate about the importance of all individuals having access to autonomous communication. It was this passion that originally led me to a career in speech-language therapy, and more specifically into the field of alternative and augmentative communication.
I enjoy empowering individuals, their whanāu and the wider team. Working together, we can find the most suitable communication system for each person, giving them a voice to participate and achieve their full potential.
Speech Language Therapist
I joined the TalkLink team in 2003 and as a speech-language therapist my role is assessment and development of clients’ communication skills. As part of the TalkLink process I make recommendations regarding communication devices and strategies, arrange equipment trials and provide ongoing assistance and training for clients and carers. In addition to this I’m also involved running additional training courses and in organising our “Communicators Days”, which provide opportunity for children from all over the Auckland area to join together and have fun using their communication equipment and strategies.
I am Swedish by origin but trained at University College London and worked in the UK prior to coming to New Zealand in 2000. I have worked privately as well as in public healthcare and school environments. I have experience of working in paediatrics with children with speech and language delay and communication disorders including autism and have also worked with adult clients, primarily in rehabilitation of neurological conditions and traumatic brain injury.
I have been a user of Assistive Technology for a number of years. Since graduating from Mt Roskill Grammar in 2002, I have been working at TalkLink in a clinical assistant role to support staff. I am responsibility for developing communication resources including creating symbol resources on BoardMaker, and programming communication devices.
Clinical Leader, Speech language Therapist
I have an interest in the area of Assistive Technology and enabling and empowering individuals to communicate using various means.
I joined the Talklink Upper North Island team in November 2011 after working with the Lower North Island team from February 2010 - November 2011.
I completed my studies at Massey University in Auckland in 2009. I have experience working with clients of all ages and with a wide range of disabilities across multiple regions within the North Island. I thrive on a challenge, and enjoy finding the best solution for my clients and their teams. I have a particular interest in working with clients with multiple and profound disabiliites. I also provide support to CATL1 assessors to complete assessments.
I am an AAC activist, and strive to give my clients a voice.
Speech Language Therapist
I graduated from the Manchester Metropolitan University in 2003 with a Bsc (hons) in Speech Pathology and Therapy. After a year travelling through and volunteering in a children’s charity in Africa, I began my speech therapy career in 2004 and worked with children and young adults with complex needs in a special school in West London. In 2008, I took a post in the health service again in West London and worked across a number of paediatric services developing specialities in working with complex speech and language difficulties and supporting children with learning difficulties and Autism in educational settings.
I joined Talklink trust in November 2012 after moving over to Auckland from the UK. I have always had a keen interest in working with complex needs and I enjoy problem solving with my clients, their families and their care or education staff to find the right communication support to meet their individual needs. I am excited about joining a highly specialist service in an area of communication support which is constantly evolving.
Speech Language Therapist
I became a member of the TalkLink team in January 2016 after completing my Speech and Language Therapy degree at Massey University. I gained valuable experience by working in public hospitals, special schools, and outpatient settings during my clinical placements.
Assistive technology has always interested me, as it is an area that will continue to grow and develop. I am passionate about working with both children and adults with communication difficulties, and have had experience using both low tech and high tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) communication systems. For the past 4 years I have worked privately with two boys with autism to assist them and their family to communicate more effectively with the use of a high-tech device.
I enjoy working with a wide range of clients, teams and families to help them achieve their full potential.
Speech language Therapist
I graduated from Massey University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Speech Language Therapy. During my time at Massey, I was fortunate enough to gain clinical practice in the area of Assistive Technology as a student during a placement at the TalkLink Trust in 2014, which sparked my interest in AAC. I also received clinical experience with both adult and paediatric clients across educational and health settings.
Following this I worked been as a Speech-Language Therapist in a special school in Auckland for nearly two years. Throughout this time, I worked with both children and young adults from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds with complex speech, language, swallowing and learning difficulties. A large part of my role involved working collaboratively with teams, students and their whanau to implement low, mid and high tech AAC within the educational setting. Within this role, my enthusiasm for AAC grew as I could see the positive impact that supporting my students to find their voice had in their participation and confidence as communicators.
I joined the TalkLink Auckland team at the beginning of 2017. I am passionate about empowering and facilitating clients to reach their full potential through communication by working as a team to find the right communication solutions to meet their needs.
Speech Language Therapist
I was born in Taiwan but moved to New Zealand when I was very little. I completed my Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice at the University of Auckland, where I had a wide range of experience working with adults, children and adolescents. I have previously completed a Master of Music Therapy where I worked alongside a speech therapist planning sessions using low- to high-tech AAC for school-aged children with various complex needs. My music therapy experience gave me a lot of insight on communication as being more than just talking, but any face to face communication. I really enjoyed implementing strategies to facilitate AAC communication in these children. Music provided the motivation and impetus for a communicative response, while the AAC device helped with getting that message across. With the support of music and AAC, a handful of these children were able to express themselves during the sessions by indicating how they were feeling with the use of a core board/TouchChat. I have also had experience working with adults in an acute hospital setting, i.e. stroke, TBI, dysarthria and aphasia. I am passionate about working with individuals in order to provide them a platform where they are able to express themselves freely, whenever and wherever they feel the need to.
I became a part of TalkLink team in 2020 and I strive to help those that have lived in the silence of speechlessness and have been faced with challenges in searching for their ‘voice’. I strongly believe that communication is the cornerstone of our personhood, being the medium for self-expression and fostering relationships. Alongside that, the dynamic and enigmatic nature of technology has continued to piqued my interest, and so, being able to use technology to empower individuals and help them communicate is something that I find extremely gratifying. My particular interests currently lie in the hard-of-hearing/deaf population and adolescents/adults living with stroke/TBI.